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Quotation by Ivan Goncharov
The trouble is that no devastating or redeeming fires have ever burnt in my life.... My life began by flickering out.
Ivan Goncharov (1812–1891), Russian novelist. Oblomov, in Oblomov, pt. 2, ch. 4 (1859), trans. by David Magarshak (1954).
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